Volume 37, No. 2

Winter 2022-23

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  • Taking Multicultural, Anti-Racist Education Seriously 

    By Enid Lee, interviewed by Barbara Miner

    One of the most-read articles Rethinking Schools has published, Miner’s 1991 interview of Enid Lee resounds today.

  • The Chilling Effects of So-Called Critical Race Theory Bans

    By Laura Beth Kelly, Laura Taylor, Cara Djonko-Moore, and Aixa D. Marchand

    Teacher educators describe how teachers interpret Tennessee’s “Prohibited Concepts in Instruction” law; vague language suppresses — educators resist.

  • The “Learning Loss” Trap

    By the editors of Rethinking Schools

    This school year, as teachers carefully construct unit plans, build community with students, and navigate ongoing staff shortages, they also have to contend with a barrage of media coverage catastrophizing […]

  • The First CRT Election

    By The editors of Rethinking Schools

    Rethinking Schools was glad to see the midterm elections bring significant setbacks to MAGA Republicans and the most egregious “election deniers.” But overall the results were a decidedly mixed bag […]

  • Rethinking the Inclusive Classroom

    By Melissa Winchell, Karen Alves, and Emily Messina

    As one teacher says, “My students may be little, but that does not mean their emotions are.” A parent of a student with Down syndrome and educators in the same district discuss inclusive teaching strategies and pedagogical risk-taking.

  • Unmasking Patriarchy

    Analyzing texts to identify oppression with high school students

    By Fayette H. Colón and Frankee Grove

    Co-teachers help their students analyze texts to identify and discuss patriarchy and oppression.

  • Peacekeepers and Peacemakers

    Fifth graders explore what we do when peace doesn’t already exist

    By Erin Green

    Green and her students critique the idea that good citizens follow rules, and then study activists who make — rather than keep — peace in the face of injustice.

  • The Day of Silence

    Queer Kids, Conservative Kids, and the Silences Within and Between Them

    By Anna McMaken-Marsh

    A high school teacher navigates the tensions that arise in conversations with students about the Day of Silence, and how to bridge divides.

  • Welcome, Cierra Kaler-Jones!

    Cierra Kaler-Jones becomes Rethinking Schools’ first executive director.

  • Goodbye to Ari Bloomekatz

    This fall, Rethinking Schools’ managing editor Ari Bloomekatz accepted the position of executive editor at the venerable social justice magazine In These Times. We will miss Ari’s humor, imagination, warmth, […]

  • Watson and Giovanni Write and Teach About the “Humanity of Black Folks”

    By Linda Christensen

    In a dialogue in New York City for HarperCollins, Renée Watson and Nikki Giovanni talked about their new picture books, the joy of a writing life, growing up Black, activist librarians and teachers, and they remembered Maya Angelou.

  • Ecological Footprint Calculators Are Bad for the Environment

    By Ursula Wolfe-Rocca

    For years, I would coax my 9th graders into the dreary, windowless computer lab for 10-15 minutes so they could complete an online ecological footprint calculator. I wanted students to […]

  • Our picks for books, videos, websites, and other social justice resources 37.2

    Check out these valuable resources, reviewed by Rethinking Schools editors and Teaching for Change colleagues.